Two Texas Longhorns legends were named to the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Team.
Safety Earl Thomas was among those enshrined. During the three-year safety’s time on the Forty Acres, Thomas earned consensus first-team All-America and unanimous All-Big 12 honors, as well as first-team Freshman All-America by College Football News and Sporting News. He was later selected in the first-round (14th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Also making the cut was former Texas kicker Justin Tucker, whose name is typically synonymous with the rivalry-closing 2011 game against the Texas A&M Aggies, in which Tucker kicked the game-winning field goal clinching Texas’ win as the clock expired.
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NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- Former Longhorns men’s tennis coach Michael Center began his six-month federal prison sentence earlier this week, the Austin American-Statesman reports. From the Statesman: “Center, who is among five coaches and 31 defendants overall who have pleaded guilty to charges in last year’s nationwide college admissions scandal, was placed at a facility in Three Rivers in south Texas, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. ... Center, 55, had been given a Monday surrender date when he was sentenced on Feb. 24 in Boston by U.S. Judge Richard Stearns. The coach had previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and honest services wire fraud. By entering the plea, Center accepted the government’s allegations that he had taken a total of $100,000 to give an athletic scholarship to the son of Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Chris Schaepe. The student, who was not a competitive tennis player, rescinded the scholarship after arriving to campus in 2015 and continued studying at UT while working as a student manager on the men’s basketball team. Center, according to prosecutors, pocketed $60,000 from the scheme’s mastermind, Rick Singer, that Center forfeited to the government as part of his punishment. Another $40,000 was directed by Singer to Center’s tennis program at Texas.”
Former University of Texas men’s tennis coach Michael Center began a six-month federal prison sentence Monday for accepting a bribe to falsely certify a student applicant as a scholarship athlete to circumvent the school’s admissions standards. https://t.co/LxvQijlNRg— Hookem.com (@bevobeat) April 7, 2020
- Sports Illustrated’s latest series claims Texas football isn’t in the two five as it pertains to programs producing the best defensive backs, despite the Longhorns’ storied history at the position – Earl Thomas, Kenny Vaccaro, Michael Huff, Rod Babers, the list goes on. For more on this nonsense – SI ranks the LSU Tigers No. 1 overall – click on the link included above.
LSU greats like @Prez, @P2, @Mathieu_Era and @TakeAwayTre_ have claimed their alma mater is Defensive Back U. Are they right?— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 6, 2020
We crunched a decade’s worth of data to determine which program has the right to brand itself DBU https://t.co/NHA7u1mbCT pic.twitter.com/eoGkRqRdfN
- Texas president Greg Fenves is reportedly leaving town for a gig at Emory University.
Breaking: University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves intends to announce this week that he will leave the state’s flagship college for Emory University, according to a source with knowledge of the decision. https://t.co/TxkhQVwofD— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) April 7, 2020
- A message from the Longhorns to all our essential workers.
We’d like to take a moment and say thank you to all the essential workers out there that are on the front lines and risking their lives every single day to keep us safe and healthy. We appreciate you. Hook ‘Em. #ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/edjOQiFTbk— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) April 6, 2020